Archives of CERN Annual Reports

Identity Statement [Top]

Reference code(s)

CERN Annual Reports


Archives of CERN Annual Reports


1955 - Present

Level of description


Extent of the unit of description

18 Boxes, 2 linear metres

Context [Top]

Name of creator

Press and Publication Service

Administrative history

The CERN Annual report is a report concerning CERN activity for the year. The first annual report is dated 1955.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Press and Publication Service

Content & Structure [Top]

Scope and content

Annual reports are published in accordance with the provision of article V. 2(f) of the Convention for the establishment of a European Organization for Nuclear Research. They give an account of CERN activities by year. From 1955 to 1984, the annual reports comprised only one volume including lists of publications and reports of activities in the divisions in French and English. From 1985 to 1990, the reports appeared in a new format with the aim of increasing the readability of some of the most important information and, at the same time, of reducing the production costs. Annual reports comprised three volumes. Volume 1 of the report, entitled "CERN ...", selects highlights from the year and presents them in a non-technical style with ample illustration. This volume is produced in English and in French. Volume 2, entitled "Report of Activities in the Divisions" gives a detailed description of the year's work in technical language and with few illustrations. This volume is produced in English and in French in limited quantities, available on request. Volume 3, entitled "List of Publications", groups all the known publications coming from the research at CERN during the year. This volume is produced in a single language version in a limited quantity, available on request. From 1991, Volume 2, "Report of Activities in the Divisions" was only produced in English.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information

Nothing was destroyed.


The collection is still open and accruals are received annually, soon after they are produced.

System of arrangement

The original order (numerical and chronological) has been preserved.

Conditions of access and use [Top]

Conditions governing access

See file level description and the CERN operational circular No 3: rules applicable to archival material and archiving at CERN. In general, records on any subject that are over 30 years old, and all records of a purely scientific nature, may be consulted.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright is retained by CERN, no reproduction without permission.

Language / scripts of material

Most of the material is written in English and French.

Finding aids

Listed to file level in the CERN Archives Database.

Description control [Top]

Archivist's note

Description prepared by Sandrine Reyes.

Date(s) of description

Geneva, the 25th April 2002, Revised 2008.